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Soldiers dragged Benue warlord, Gana, out of govt convoy before he was killed – Community leader
More facts on Wednesday emerged about how a notorious militia leader in Benue State, Terwase Akwaza, aka Gana, was killed by the military on Tuesday despite embracing amnesty.
A community leader, who confided in one of our correspondents in Makurdi, the state capital, said Gana was in a government convoy when he was dragged out of a car by soldiers at a checkpoint in Gbitse, near Yandev roundabout in the Gboko Local Government Area of the state.
The community leader said the militia leader was thrown into a military vehicle and driven away. The Commander of Operation Ayem A Kpatuma, Major General Ali Gadzama, had on Tuesday told Channels Television that Gana, who recently embraced amnesty, was killed in a gun battle with soldiers.
Pipeline repairs cost NNPC N41.98bn in six months
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said it spent a total of N41.98bn on pipeline repairs and management cost in the first half of this year.
The NNPC disclosed this in its latest monthly oil report, saying, “Products theft and vandalism have continued to destroy value and put NNPC at disadvantaged competitive position.”
A total of 1,067 vandalised points were recorded between June 2019 and June 2020, according to the corporation.
I regret granting pardon to Bauchi serial rapist –Mohammed
The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said he regretted pardoning a convicted serial rapist during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Recall that the police in the state had arrested the rapist, Yusuf Bako, for defiling a four-year-old girl inside a mosque in Bauchi. Bako was among several others who were granted state pardon by the governor during the lockdown.
The governor, who spoke when the state Action Committee on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, led by his wife, Hajiya Aisha Mohammed, paid him an advocacy visit at the Government House late Tuesday, said, “we must apologise to the women for doing this. It is not our wish to do that. Had it been that I was aware, he would have served his full jail term. I didn’t know, I wouldn’t have appended my signature.”
Nigeria borrowed N18.89tn under Buhari – Report
Nigeria’s debt public debt hit a total of N31.01tn at the end of June, the Debt Management Office announced on Wednesday.
This means that in the last five years under the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the country’s debt rose by N18.89tn.
As of the end of June 2015, one month after the present regime came into power, the country’s debt profile stood at N12.12tn. This means that within a period of five years, the nation’s debt profile rose by N18.89tn.
Insecurity: North-Central breaks away from ACF, announces new group
Prominent leaders from the North-Central geopolitical zone have announced their exit from the Arewa Consultative Forum, citing the worsening insecurity in northern Nigeria.
The leaders announced the formation of the North Central Peoples Forum as a platform to fight insecurity and marginalisation. Addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, the group said in spite of the abundant mineral and human resources in the zone, the North-Central was bedevilled by vices, like kidnapping, banditry and other forms of criminality.
The ACF currently has as its Chairman, the immediate-past Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who is from the North Central zone, while the new North-Central group is being led by a former Minister of State for Health, Gabriel Aduku, who is the interim chairman.
I’ll confront Makinde over Ekiti PDP leadership, others –Fayose
The former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has warned the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, against tampering with the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party in South-West states.
Fayose insisted that the Oyo governor had no right to interfere in the local politics being played in each South west state despite being a zonal leader of the party.
The former governor said this on Wednesday when he led the national delegates of the PDP, including the chairmen of the party in Osun, Ekiti, Lagos, to Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
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